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IQ2 Debate: We Should Price Nature to Protect It

Can you be valued beyond the money you made last year? Economic frameworks are used to measure the worth of animals, ecosystems and natural resources. If the price is right, we work to protect them. The planet’s ‘natural capital’ is estimated to be around $125 trillion a year.
Does it matter what means are used to achieve environmental conservation? Who cares if we frame conservation arguments in monetary terms if that’s the language governments will hear?


Our expert panel included environmentalist Geoff Cousins, Greens politician Larissa Waters, economist Richard Denniss, conservationist Penelope Figgis, agricultural investor Cullen Gunn, and Aboriginal philosopher Mary Graham.

Many thanks to Stuart Jones and Shannon Ruddock for filming the event, and to Mark Baxter for editing.